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  • Spokane police, firefighter salaries outpace region’s average wages

    As budget discussions ramp up at the city of Spokane, a conservative think tank has released a study suggesting that pay for Spokane’s police and firefighters has not only outpaced …


  • Taxes, savings bring $3 million surplus

    The city of Spokane Valley pocketed a $3 million surplus at the end of 2012 even as other cities and counties across the state continue to trim budgets, cut costs …


  • City braces for budget cuts despite strong sales taxes

    Spokane is collecting sales taxes like it hasn’t since before the recession. Even so, city officials are preparing for another multimillion-dollar deficit in 2014.


  • City facing cuts to fire service

    Less than a week after Spokane firefighters pulled two people from a burning home, the Spokane City Council is considering a budget that will essentially end first-response firefighting capabilities at …


  • Budgets’ numbers beat expectations in Millwood

    The Millwood City Council was treated to good budget news during last week’s regular City Council meeting. City Treasurer Debbie Matkin said three funds that were expected to have large …


  • Proposed city budget contains some raises

    At the same time he has proposed eliminating 100 jobs, Spokane Mayor David Condon is calling for big raises in the 2013 budget for administrators in the city’s finance division. …


  • Spokane mayor hands out layoff notices

    Spokane Mayor David Condon is continuing on the path of change and reorganization at City Hall. This week, the city’s arts director, the last remaining employee in Spokane’s consumer protection …


  • Verner preceded her exit with request for back pay

    In her final days as Spokane’s mayor, Mary Verner decided that she wanted a raise. After voluntarily capping her annual pay at about $100,000 for four years – and pledging …


  • Liberty Lake council eyes budget with utility tax in mind

    The Liberty Lake City Council met Tuesday to discuss next year’s budget and whether to cut the utility tax and pay off some debt the city has accrued over the …


  • Millwood leaders air budget solutions at forum

    Poor economic conditions and the prospect of losing funding sources put the city of Millwood in the position of a potential budget shortfall for a second consecutive year. As a …


  • Liberty Lake Update: Mayor shares proposed budget

    Liberty Lake Mayor Wendy Van Orman unveiled her proposed budget Tuesday night, two weeks earlier than last year and earlier than what the state requires. Of note, sales tax revenues …


  • Northeast Youth Center marks milestone

    Michael Glatzmaier said the Northeast Youth Center in Hillyard changed his life. “Growing up I did not have a good influence or someone to look up to,” he said. “The …


  • Verner calls for hiring more police officers

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner ordered the hiring of at least six new police officers to fill vacant positions within the department and called for adding more officers next year. The …


  • Verner presents mix of budget solutions

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner gave a preview Wednesday of a 2012 budget she says would be painless for residents who obey the law. Verner proposed to close a tentative $6.6 …


  • City of Spokane short $6.6 million in ’12

    For the fourth straight year, Spokane leaders are forecasting a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the next annual budget. The city predicts a $6.6 million gap between expected revenues and expenses in …


  • 2011 Spokane budget limits layoffs

    What started out as 71 city of Spokane layoffs has dwindled to only a couple. In September, Mayor Mary Verner announced that 71 employees would lose their job the day …


  • Mayor to sign Spokane budget

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Tuesday that she will sign the 2011 budget and utility rate increases approved by the City Council this week. Verner opposed some of the changes …


  • Deputy fire chief cut stirs furor

    The Spokane City Council’s decision last week to cut a deputy fire chief position has angered administrators and Mayor Mary Verner. “It was not discussed with me. It was not …


  • City vehicle tab tax in limbo

    The Spokane City Council is balking on plans to impose a new $20 tax on vehicles this year, and in a surprise move shifted money away from road plowing and …


  • Council approves 1 percent property tax increase levy

    During a sometimes heated meeting before a packed chamber Tuesday night, the Liberty Lake City Council passed by a 5-1 vote a 1 percent property tax increase levy. The levy …


  • For street and water projects, downturn has an upside

    In the midst of the Great Depression, Spokane won federal money to upgrade the Upriver Dam to generate more power and construction jobs. Nearly 75 years later and in the …


  • Spokane Valley’s budget to see surplus in 2014

    Some members of the Spokane Valley City Council started to pick apart acting City Manager Mike Jackson’s proposed 2011 budget Tuesday, but at least one was using outdated numbers to …


  • Libraries matter more than ever

    All right, I’ve finally figured out how the city’s budget works. The city gets in trouble, looks around for an easy target, spies the Spokane Public Library and hacks it …

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